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Toro Rosso confirm Bourdais for 2009 - Sébastien signs with STR for '09, as Sato ponders unfinished business

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Toro Rosso confirm Bourdais for 2009
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This is F1Minute for the 6th February 2009.

After yesterday’s hint that Bourdais would be returning to the Toro Rosso car in Jerez next week, the team have today confirmed that he will be in the car all year. Having kept us waiting so long, Franz Tost finally spoke about their re-signing, saying: “We expect him to profit from the experience he gained last season. He now knows the F1 environment, the race tracks and the team. In addition, the slick tyres, which make a comeback this year, should suit his driving style very well.”

It does leave all the other hopefuls disappointed, especially Sato who felt like he had a good chance. His manager Andrew Gilbert-Scott is disappointed, saying: “We have all been working very hard, and have been able to attract a significant amount of sponsorship… but unfortunately it was obviously not enough to secure the drive.” Sato maintains that he has unfinished business within F1 and wants to return, but admits his future is uncertain.

That’s it for this week, have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with another F1Minute.